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Trajan's Markets in Rome

 

If you want to reserve a guided tour in English language with an expert, private guide and visit the Trajan's Markets, please contact our reservation office writing to info@ticketsrome.com or call the number +39 055 2670402.

Trajan’s Markets is a historical complex where shops and offices the was build during the Roman Empire  between 107 AD and 110 AD by the same emperor responsible for the Trajan’s Collana, Emperor Trajan, who commissioned Appllodorus of Damascus to architect the market complex. The complex also served as a forum and it completes the Forum of Trajan. The upper lebel of Trajan’s Market were used for offices and ran by officials in charge of the entire market. The market itself allowed merchants from around the nation to sell their products. These shops were called “tabernae” and there were more than 150 tabernae in the entire complex.

Mercados de Trajano Roma

The complex was set into the side of Quirinal Hill and served to complete the Forum of Trajan. Apollodorus built a monumental, semi-circular facade bordered by a row of columns. At both ends were smaller exedras that were covered by a half dome. Also in the lower part of the market was the so-called Great Hall, 32 meters long and 8 meters high. The hall was possibly used for concerts, speeches or education. The roof of the market was meant to create light and space - fashioned as an arched concrete vault that sat on piers to allow sunlight to seep through into the shops while still protecting the shoppers from the weather.

Trajan, a significant Roman ruler, reigned from 98 to 117 CE. His rule in Rome is symbolized by special projects to better the Roman standards of living while his actual presence was on the battle field. His love for war and expansion was balanced with the increasing number of public projects such as road systems, baths and markets.

  As an emperor who was concerned with both good government and the public welfare, he instituted an excellent domestic policy - providing for the children of the poor, restoring the dilapidated road system, as well as building new bridges, aqueducts, public baths, and a modern port at Ostia. Lastly, he continued his predecessor’s policy of undoing much of the harm done by Domitian by freeing prisoners and recalling exiles.

The Markets of Trajan give us a good insight in Roman urban architecture, since it is one of the few high-rise structures that have been preserved. Despite many years of neglect and damages sustained during the earthquake of 1349, the complex is still in relatively good condition.In 1574 the Convent of Santa Caterina da Siena was built over part of Trajan's Markets but it was demolished between 1911 and 1914. Restoration of the complex was carried out under the Fascist regime from 1926 until 1934.

Today visitors can walk along the main shopping street, the Via Biberatica, or through one of the complex's corridors, along the rooms that once housed the tabernae.



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